Konami Announces Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
Company: Konami
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – January 27, 2005 – Konami Digital Entertainment - America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., announced today that Castlevania®: Curse of Darkness™ for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system will be available in fall 2005. While past Castlevania® games have focused on the struggle between Dracula and the Belmont clan, Curse of Darkness introduces players to an entirely new storyline and main character – Hector, one of two Devil Forgemasters, who had once refined his skills under Dracula. Told in true Castlevania style, this action-packed tale of betrayal and revenge takes players on a journey through an expansive world filled with formidable foes and beautifully rendered environments to the ruins of Dracula’s castle.

Disillusioned with the ideals of his mentor, Hector fled Vallachia to pursue a more normal life, leaving Dracula vulnerable to the Belmonts. Now, three years after Dracula was defeated in battle, the magic power of the curse released upon his death has infected all of Europe. As the continent succumbs to pestilence, heresy and mob violence, Isaac – a former friend and fellow Devil Forgemaster – suddenly appears. Believing their master’s death was a result of Hector’s betrayal, Isaac implicates his friend’s beloved in a deadly witch trial. Fueled by revenge, Hector sets off on a journey to his former home, which is now completely morphed in dark magic, to confront Isaac.

Armed with the unique new abilities of Devil Forgery, gamers will be able to forge trusty allies – “Innocent Devils” – who will help defeat a variety of powerful enemies. More than 30 evolving allies will develop unique abilities ranging from those that can open heavy doors, to those that can help Hector fly. They will aid players in conquering various enemies, avoiding perilous traps and solving challenging puzzles. As players progress through the game and gain experience points, their character’s strength will increase, reminiscent of the same gameplay found in the critically acclaimed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

“Castlevania: Curse of Darkness takes the series in a fresh new direction – complete with new heroes and villains,” says Matt Knoles, Product Manager at Konami Digital Entertainment – America. “The conflict between Hector and Isaac will allow players to explore Dracula’s inner sanctum from a different perspective and provide fans of the Castlevania series plenty of new gameplay experiences to enjoy.”

For more information on Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, please visit http://www.konami.com/gs

About KONAMI CORPORATION
Konami Corporation is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties, specializing in the home video game market. Konami Corporation’s action and adventure titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the US and Konami of Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation, the parent company of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami Digital Entertainment - America can be found at www.konami.com/gs.

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